BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot

We are adopting the BFI Diversity Standards from 1 April 2022. They will be required for applications to Screen Scotland’s Film Development and Production Fund and Film Festivals Fund. 

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The BFI Diversity Standards are a framework designed to tackle under-representation and encourage equality of opportunity in the screen sectors.  

Screen Scotland is the latest industry partner to adopt the BFI Diversity Standards, initially running a one-year pilot from 1 April 2022. This is part of Screen Scotland’s commitment to equalities, diversity and inclusion within the screen sector and with the aim to increase the diversity and inclusion from under-represented groups in that sector. 

During the pilot year, meeting the BFI Diversity Standards will be a requirement for applications to Screen Scotland’s Film Development and Production Fund and Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund

Working together, the BFI and Screen Scotland have incorporated some Scotland-specific criteria to help make projects more representative of the Scottish population.

In this video, Julia Brown, the BFI's Diversity Standards Manager, provides some further information about the BFI Diversity Standards and the BFI and Screen Scotland partnership. 
 

How to achieve the BFI Diversity Standards — Screen Scotland Pilot criteria

Film Development and Production Fund applicants: 

  • Development funding applicants should meet at least one of the four Standards. At Development stage, this is typically Standard A. 

  • Production funding applicants should meet at least two of the four Standards and one of these must be Standard C. 

Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund applicants: 

  • All applicants must meet the criteria of Standards C and D. They can also meet the other Standards if relevant and applicable. 

The four Standards are as follows:

STANDARD A — On-screen representation, themes and narratives 
STANDARD B — Creative Leadership and project team 
STANDARD C* — Industry access and opportunities 
STANDARD D** — Audience Development 

*NB Standard C is compulsory for all Film Development and Production applicants with the exception of development applications. Concessions may also be made for projects with very small teams 

**NB Standard D is compulsory for those applying to Screen Scotland’s Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund. It is also an additional category for productions that have a distributor attached. 

Read the BFI Diversity Standards - Screen Scotland Pilot criteria in detail on pages 13 – 32 of the guidance document. 

How to apply 

During this pilot, the BFI Diversity Standards are a part of the eligibility criteria for all applications to Screen Scotland’s Film Development and Production Fund and the Film Festivals Fund. 

There will be two separate steps to follow for applications to either Screen Scotland fund from 1 April: 

  • STEP 1: Fill in questions related to your project within the BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland on BFI portal 

  • STEP 2: Once you have completed STEP 1, you can submit the Screen Scotland application form for the relevant fund for your project (Film Development and Production Fund or Film Festival and Screening Programme Fund). You don’t need to wait for the BFI response to your submission to apply to Screen Scotland – but you do need to apply to the BFI first. 

More information about applying can be found on page 10 of the guidance document. 

Downloads 

BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland Pilot guidance document (PDF opens in new window)

Alternative formats

Large Print version: BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland Pilot guidance document (PDF opens in new window)

Gaelic version: BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland Pilot guidance document (PDF opens in new window)

Easy Read version: BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland Pilot guidance document (PDF opens in new window)

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Please note, we have Braille and large print versions of the Diversity Standards guidance document available in hard copy. The hard copy versions can be sent out on request. Please email our enquires team to arrnage distribution: [email protected] 

For questions and access support 

If you have any specific questions or require support, further information or assistance with filling in BFI Diversity Standards – Screen Scotland questions please contact BFI. You can do this by email or by telephone. 

Email: [email protected] 

Telephone: 0207 173 3273 

Please contact Screen Scotland if you have any other enquiries about Screen Scotland Film Production and Development Fund or Film Festivals Fund or if you require any other general support or further information. You can do this by email, through our website or social media. 

Email: [email protected] 

If you are a Deaf BSL user, you can access our services with the Contact Scotland-BSL programme. Go to contactscotland-bsl.org/deaf-bsl-users for more information. 


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